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Stay Cool at Disney World (find out about water fun and splash pads)

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Since Disney World is in Florida, you can expect temperatures there to be high,  I mean, we normally wear shorts on these giving and Christmas.

So when you’re visiting, especially with kids, you might need to find somewhere to cool down. While there are many places that have AC, and lots of places that serve ice cream and cold drinks, nothing beats some fun water play.

Let’s explore all the places that you and your kids can cool off and splash around at Disney World resorts.

If this isn’t what your looking for, check out how to beat the Summer crowds and survive the heat at Disney World.

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Some General Tips before we dive in

Because Disney is so hot, it’s important to note that you should have some plans in place for the weather. Even in the winter you CAN GET SUNBURNED. no jokes there folks!

It’s why it’s recommend to have a hat of some sort, and you’ll find them all over Disney!

You should also consider a reusable insulated water bottle, a fan and/or cooling towel, and some chapstick.

Water parks 

Well the water parks might seem like a no brainer to some, but most people don’t know that Disney world has water parks, because where they come from it’s cold and they’re not really thinking about waterfront.

So Yep, Disney has two water parks.

The first is named Blizzard Beach, it is themed after a ski resort that melted. X paragraph the next one is called Typhoon Lagoon which has a pirate ship wreck them.

The best part is the one of them is always open (as long as there are no storms). They do close them one at a time in the winter, but they keep the other one open.

If that doesn’t tell you about how hot it is at Disney, nothing will.

That’s right folks, water parks year round! Unless of course it got to be Arendale Frozen type weather, then we would pass! Just a side note- the pools at the water parks are heated to 80ish degrees, so you’ll feel comfortable in the winter if you go!

splash pad at Epcot

Splash pads

This has to be one of the big secrets at Disney!

Dun dun dun…

they have hidden little splash pads around the parks.

Yes, they have areas where you can get wet from rides, have water shot at you from hidden things, like a spitting camel, and they have fans with misters in certain places.

But…

what I’m talking about, are full on, water shooting, designed with kids in mind, splash areas. 

These little splash areas can be found throughout the parks.

There are two Epcot, one is in one is right by test track, and the other is on the main walkway between future world in the world showcase.

There is one in Magic Kingdom, all the way in the back by Fantasyland, called the KC juniors splash pad and this area by big top is all kid themed.

Another splash pad is in Disney Springs, in the back by Goofy Candy Company.

Fun in the sun at your resort

Some of the best kept secrets around Disney World, are the amazing resort pools.

It used to be that you could get into resort pool without being a guest at Walt Disney World. But after so many pool parties got crashed, you can only go to the pool at your resort.

That shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it though, because some of the pools at Disney have absolutely amazing theming and extras.

All the pools are kid friendly, some are just a little bit more exciting than others. Like the one at Beach Club Resort has an actual beach area, sand and all. Plus they’ve got a gigantic water slide atop a beached pirate ship. It’s pretty cool stuff!

Water Rides

If you want to get soaked, splashed or just want to watch everyone else get drenched… check out some of these water rides at Disney!

Kali River Rapids, this is located in Asia in Animal Kingdom. Rides for this get longggg in the summer.

Magic Kingdom

Pirates of the Caribbean, this depends on where you sit, but you can get anything from a spray to a soaked bottom!

Splash Mountain, this one you for sure will get drenched!

Jungle Cruise, again, more like a light splash depending on where you sit. But still lots of fun (also ADA accessible!)

That one time my kid acted a fool 

Well a funny story actually.  

And by funny, I mean, I couldn’t decide if I should laugh or hang my head in embarrassment. 

So we are playing at the splash area Casey Jr. splash pad, and my son is hanging out with dad. I’ve got the younger two. 

Well, my son, decides it’s the right moment to be a daredevil because daddy was talking to someone else. 

He runs up to the train (the one that shoots water and mist everywhere as it’s chugging along) and CLIMBS THROUGH THE BARS surrounding this train. I’m too far away (and I have to under 2) so I’m yelling at my husband and laughing in mortification. 

Then my son climbs the steps and looks in the train. He was totally having the time of his life getting sprayed in the face by this splash train.

My husband grabbed him a few moments later and no harm was done- just kids being kids at the most magical place on earth. 

Moral of the story? Kids will be kids- even at Disney World!

Conclusion

Do you let your kids play in the splash pads? Or do you keep the water play for the water parks?

Any other important tips for staying cool at Disney in Florida? Share it with us!

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